Join us for a special evening as we create joy and IGNITE change. IGNITE Book Club presents critically acclaimed author Desmond Cole for an evening of discussion and connection.
IGNITE is an ongoing series of engagements with racialized authors at UBC’s Vancouver campus, Cole will share insights into his works and finding joy amidst his experience of living as a racialized individual and author.
Hosted by Candis Callison, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Journalism and in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, this is an opportunity to hear one of Canada’s leading authors reflect on his lived experiences and signature works, including The Skin We’re In.
Cole’s literary genius and expertise seeks to ignite joy and illuminate a discussion on critical issues facing racialized individuals and opportunities for systemic change.
Free but registration is required, as space is limited. Reception to follow.
Desmond Cole is an award-winning journalist, radio host, and activist in Toronto. His writing has appeared in the Toronto Star, Toronto Life, The Walrus, NOW Magazine, Ethnic Aisle, Torontoist, BuzzFeed, and the Ottawa Citizen. He hosts a weekly radio program every Sunday on Newstalk 1010.
Designed to open up space and stimulate dialogue and discussion around race and leadership, IGNITE is one of several key initiatives this year to recognize and embrace the diversity of our faculty community, and provide an intentional space for racialized faculty to share their experiences. The IGNITE Book Club has been designed with and for racialized faculty to allow for the exploration and discussion of memoirs written by renowned racialized authors.